40 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

40 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

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40 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  24​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Porto, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
7
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
10
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
12
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
End: Sydney, Australia

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip site .

Sydney, Australia to Rome is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time is minus 9 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay May 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, classes, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Florence trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Florence. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Galleria dell'Accademia ©
Galleria dell'Accademia
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

4
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to La Boqueria, appreciate the history behind Casa Mila "La Pedrera", and see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Florence to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Barcelona sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 4:
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, nature, shopping, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, contemplate the waterfront views at Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), and admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Madrid travel route site .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 36°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 8:
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Retiro Park ©
Retiro Park
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Sintra National Palace). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, admire the masterpieces at National Tile Museum, and make a trip to Santa Justa Lift.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lisbon itinerary planner.

Fly from Madrid to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Madrid in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Lisbon, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Jeronimos Monastery ©
Jeronimos Monastery
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

1
night
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Porto tour itinerary builder tool .

You can take a train from Lisbon to Porto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Lisbon in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Porto: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Clerigos Tower ©
Clerigos Tower
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Scotland, and then explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, then make a trip to The Royal Mile, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral.

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Traveling by flight from Porto to Edinburgh takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of car and train. In June, Edinburgh is a bit cooler than Porto - with highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter) and then admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg), then don't miss a visit to Altstadt von Salzburg, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral (Dom).

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Salzburg trip planning app .

Fly from Edinburgh to Salzburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Edinburgh in June, things will get a bit warmer in Salzburg: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

3
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for museums, parks, nightlife, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Schonbrunn Palace, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and head outdoors with Donauinsel.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Vienna tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Salzburg to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June in Vienna, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Schonbrunn Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

2
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
On the 23rd (Sat), snap pictures at Tromostovje, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tivoli Park, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ljubljana journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Ljubljana takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In June, daytime highs in Ljubljana are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Tours Fun & Games Parks
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Tivoli Park ©
Tivoli Park
Tromostovje ©
Tromostovje

3
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Venice is known for historic sites, nature, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, and examine the collection at Museo Ebraico di Venezia.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Venice driving holiday planning tool .

Drive from Ljubljana to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ljubljana in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Venice. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

4
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Spend the 30th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: wander the streets of The Rocks, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Sydney takes 24 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Venice to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Venice in June, with highs in Sydney at 21°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 2:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Harbour National Park ©
Sydney Harbour National Park
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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